Here are the 53 most interesting people on Super Sunday when the Patriots and Rams battle in Atlanta:

Tom Brady — Playing in the ninth Super Bowl of his 19-year career, Brady is trying to collect his record-breaking sixth ring. His first came against these Rams in 2002.

Jared Goff — The former No. 1-overall pick is 17 years younger than Brady, but Goff is trying to further establish himself, even as “the other QB” in this game.

Aaron Donald — The 6-foot-1, 280-pound pass rusher may be keeping the Patriots up at night trying to figure out how to contain him. He piled up 20.5 sacks during the regular season.

Rob Gronkowski — Will it be the final game of the tight end’s career? Gronkowkski pondered retirement last year before coming back, but this could be it.

Todd Gurley — The MVP contender was almost a non-factor in the NFC Championship, taking four carries for 10 yards and a TD. But he’s too dangerous to stay quiet for long.

Julian Edelman — One of Brady’s favorite weapons, the 5-foot-10 receiver and former quarterback comes up big in the playoffs. He trails only Jerry Rice with 105 postseason catches.

Ndamukong Suh — Another nightmare on the Rams’ D-line, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle has made progress in shedding the reputation he had as a dirty player with the Lions and Dolphins.

Devin McCourty — The former Rutgers safety and Nyack native is a steady presence in the secondary, looking for his third Super Bowl ring as one of the Patriots’ defensive captains.

Andrew Whitworth — The Giants passed on signing him in 2017 and he has made them look foolish. Even at 37 years old, the left tackle has anchored the Rams’ O-line.

C.J. Anderson — Off the couch and into the Super Bowl. The Rams signed Anderson on Dec. 19, and he was clutch in the divisional round, rushing for 123 yards and two TDs.

Sony Michel — The rookie running back from Georgia shook off a midseason knee injury that initially looked worse, rushing for 242 yards and five TDs in two playoff games.

Robert Woods — The Rams’ leading receiver finished the regular season with 86 catches for 1,219 yards and six TDs for a career year. The former Bills wideout has been a revelation.

Stephon Gilmore — In the second year of a $65 million contract, Gilmore is putting the finishing touches on an All-Pro season as the Patriots’ No. 1 cornerback.

Johnny Hekker — The Rams’ punter after Bill Belichick’s heart, Hekker is a strong athlete and always a threat to pull off a fake punt, like the one he had against the Saints.

Trey Flowers — The Patriots’ 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive end will be one of the top pass rushers on the free-agent market. He has 21 sacks over the past three years.

Brandin Cooks
— The short and speedy receiver nearly won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last year before being traded with a fourth-round pick to the Rams for

first- and sixth-rounders.

Aqib Talib — Another former Patriot who missed out on a ring in New England, Talib is an outspoken veteran cornerback who will look to shut down his old teammates.

Marcus Peters — The confident, if not cocky, cornerback was part of the Rams’ defensive overhaul this offseason when they landed him from the Chiefs for draft picks.

Greg Zuerlein — The Rams’ kicker has been limited with a foot injury, but expects to play. He was a hero against the Saints with field goals from 36, 24 and 48 yards and the game-winner from 57 yards.

Stephen Gostkowski — Had big shoes to fill when he took over for Adam Vinatieri in 2006, but the 35-year-old Patriots kicker has been mostly money ever since.

Bill Belichick — The 66-year-old architect of the Patriots dynasty enters his record-setting ninth Super Bowl as head coach, looking to add to his unprecedented five titles in charge.

Sean McVay — The 33-year-old wunderkind — hired as the league’s youngest head coach in nearly eight decades — needed two years to take a four-win Rams team to its first Super Bowl in 17 years.

Brian Flores — The 37-year-old longtime Patriots assistant — who joined the team in 2004 and currently serves as linebackers coach — is expected to soon become the Dolphins’ head coach.

Wade Phillips
— The Rams’ defensive coordinator, 71, has been a head coach in Denver, Buffalo and Dallas, and won a Super Bowl as Broncos defensive coordinator three years ago.

Josh McDaniels — The longtime Patriots offensive coordinator has been with New England for each of its five Super Bowl wins, and spent 2011 as Rams offensive coordinator after being fired as Broncos head coach.

Zac Taylor
— The 35-year-old Rams quarterbacks coach — a former quarterback at Nebraska — is expected to soon be named the next head coach of the Bengals.

Les Snead — After 13 years working for the Falcons, Snead, 48, became the Rams’ general manager in 2012, changing the franchise with the hiring of McVay and drafting of Jared Goff.

Bob Kraft — Since becoming Patriots owner at a cost of $172 million in 1994, Kraft, 77, has seen a middling franchise become sports royalty, now valued at an estimated $3.8 billion.

Stan Kroenke — The Rams owner returned the team to Los Angeles — ripping it from St. Louis after 20 years there — in 2015 and is building a new $5 billion stadium in Inglewood.

Tony Romo — The former Cowboys quarterback has been in the booth for just two years, but has already earned near-universal acclaim for his enthusiasm and predictive abilities on play-calls.

Jim Nantz — CBS’s lead broadcaster will be on the mic for his fifth Super Bowl. The famed veteran, strangely, will be making his first call with the Patriots playing in the game.

Tracy Wolfson — The sideline reporter is in her 13th year with CBS and will be working her second Super Bowl, and third overall, in that role.

Evan Washburn — At CBS since 2014, Washburn will also serve as a sideline reporter, having previously served in the role during Super Bowl 50.

Jay Feely — The former Pro Bowl kicker — who spent 14 years with seven NFL teams, including the Jets and Giants — will be on the sideline as the kicking analyst.

Gene Steratore — An NFL official for 15 years, including last year’s Super Bowl, Steratore will join Nantz and Romo in the booth as a rules analyst.

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Adam Levine/Maroon 5 — This year’s pop-rock halftime act has won three Grammys, three American Music Awards and four Billboard Music awards.
Travis Scott — The chart-topping rapper will be part of the halftime extravaganza. There are also rumors he may propose to girlfriend Kylie Jenner during the show.

Big Boi — The other halftime show guest, he’s best known for being a part of the rap group Outkast before going solo.

Gladys Knight — The seven-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will sing the national anthem. Expect an elongated version.

Chloe X Halle
— The Bailey siblings from Atlanta will sing “America the Beautiful” in their hometown. And they thought opening for Beyonce and Jay-Z was a big deal.

Gisele Bundchen — We’ll place the Over/Under at five of camera shots of Tom Brady’s outspoken supermodel wife.

Veronika Khomyn — The world will get to know the model from Ukraine and girlfriend of Rams coach Sean McVay.

John McVay — The CBS broadcast will almost certainly detail the career of the former Giants head coach and 49ers executive who just happens to be the Rams coach’s grandfather.

Jackie Slater — The seven-time Pro Bowler may be conflicted: His son Matthew is a special teams ace for the Patriots and he spent his entire career playing for the Rams.

Roger Goodell — Nobody is rooting for a well-officiated game more than the NFL commissioner, who has drawn heavy criticism for the botched non-call in the NFC Championship game.

John Parry — Parry will be working his second Super Bowl as the head referee and seventh playoff game. He officiated Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, in which the Giants knocked off the Patriots.

Josh Gordon — Before he stepped away from the team Dec. 20 to focus on his mental health, the troubled wide receiver was a major part of this Patriots team, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

Mike Eruzione — The hero of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic team, Eruzione can surely identify with the underdog Patriots and their unsung quarterback Tom Brady (haha!).

Kurt Warner — The last time the Rams won the Super Bowl, he was their quarterback, winning MVP honors in XXXIV. He’ll be in the building Sunday, working on radio for Westwood One.

Tony Gonzalez — Elected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, the legendary tight end will likely be on the field at some point on Sunday.

Ed Reed — Another Hall of Fame selection on Saturday, the game-changing safety created plenty of problems for Tom Brady in his day.

Jeff Bridges — The Dude, Bridges’ popular character from “The Big Lebowski,” will return in a Stella Artois commercial during the game alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.

Christina Applegate — The famous actress will fight with M&M’s in a commercial during the game.

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